By Kate Ward
May 17, 2011 at 06:20 PM EDT
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Huddy no more: EW has confirmed that Lisa Edelstein will not be returning to season 8 of House. The actress, whose contract was set to expire at the end of season 7, has decided to not sign on for the season ahead. (Colleagues Robert Sean Leonard and Omar Epps, however, have.) Edelstein released the following statement about her move: “After much consideration, I am moving onward with a combination of disappointment at leaving behind a character I have loved playing for seven years and excitement of the new opportunities in acting and producing that lie ahead.”

Sad news for Edelstein fans, but even more for Huddy fans: Those hoping Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) and Edelstein’s Dr. Cuddy would finally keep their on-and-off-again relationship on might be forced to let go. Here’s hoping there’s a treatment for post-Cuddy depression. (Additional reporting by James Hibberd)

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